A presidential election is set for July 4, but protesters say a vote will not be valid until new, independent institutions are set up to oversee the process [Ramzi Boudina/Reuters]

Thousands of protesters have rallied in the Algerian capital for a fourteenth consecutive week, demanding the removal of officials associated with former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and the postponement of an election scheduled for July.

Police on Friday tightened a security cordon around the iconic Grand Post Office in downtown Algiers where demonstrators had massed in previous weeks.

But that did not prevent people from gathering near the building where they chanted slogans against the country’s powerful army chief Lieutenant General Ahmed Gaid Salah.

Demonstrators held up placards against Gaid Salah, accusing him of attempting to

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